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Golf: Seve's brother hits back at European Tour claims over new matchplay event

Published on Dec 30, 2013 8:44 PM

(AFP) - Golf's European Tour has been accused of "manipulating and misrepresenting" the intentions of the late Seve Ballesteros by launching a rival matchplay event to the Royal Trophy between Europe and Asia.

In the latest twist in an increasingly bitter war of words, Vicente Ballesteros said the inauguration of the EurAsia Cup was not what his younger brother and five-time Major champion, Seve, would have wanted.

While the seventh edition of the Seve Ballesteros-inspired Royal Trophy was staged at China's Dragon Lake Golf Club last week, the first EurAsia Cup is primed to tee off in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur from March 27-29, 2014.

This week European Tour chief executive George O'Grady asserted that Seve "would have cherished" the EurAsia Cup and that the new event "carries with it the support of Seve's family and The Seve Ballesteros Foundation".

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